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2012 AFL Season Predictions

Updated on March 20, 2012

The 2012 AFL Season begins this weekend - here are my predictions for how it will unfold:

Premiers - Hawthorn

After coming agonisingly close to a grand final berth in 2011, losing by only 3 points to Collingwood in the Preliminary final, Hawthorn look to be the team to beat in 2012.

Alistair Clarkson has the coaching nous and talent at his disposal to lead this group to the flag, which includes the dynamic, game turning ability of Lance Franklin and Cyril Rioli, highly skilled, damaging ball use of Luke Hodge and Matt Suckling and toughness inside the contests from Sam Mitchell and Brad Sewell.

The addition of Jarryd Roughead who can play as a versatile key position player either forward, in the ruck or down back, will help them tremendously and gives them the extra edge they missed in the finals last year.

Runners-up - Geelong

The Cats proved critics wrong in 2011, winning the premiership when many had written them off as too old and too slow to do so.

They still have the competition's best midfield with Jimmy Bartel, Joel Selwood, James Kelly, Paul Chapman, Joel Corey all rotating through, as well as Matt Scarlett, Corey Enright, Harry Taylor as rocks down back, Steve Johnson and Travis Varcoe providing magic up forward and some emerging talent in Tom Hawkins, Allen Christensen, Trent West and Mitch Duncan.

I expect them to be around the mark again at the end of the year and it wouldn't surprise me at all if they go back to back.

Norm Smith - Sam Mitchell

All finals provide the opportunity for strong contested ball winning players to shine - Mitchell is one of the competitions best and should excel if Hawthorn make the 2012 Grand Final.

Will they have a different look on their faces at the end of their 2012 season?
Will they have a different look on their faces at the end of their 2012 season?

Final Ladder

1. Geelong

2. Hawthorn

3. Collingwood

4. Carlton

5. West Coast

6. Fremantle

7. Sydney

8. Richmond

9. North Melbourne

10. St Kilda

11. Essendon

12. Adelaide

13. Melbourne

14. Western Bulldogs

15. Brisbane

16. Port Adelaide

17. Gold Coast

18. Greater Western Sydney

Brownlow Medal - Scott Pendlebury

He has been in the top 5 the last two years running and after an impressive 2010, his game continued to improve. Clearly a vote magnet, very durable and at 24 years of age he should be at the peak of his powers this season - as long as Dane Swan doesn't take too many off him, I think this might be his year.

Coleman Medal - Lance Franklin

The reigning Coleman MedalIist, I don't think anyone can stop Buddy at the moment.Even if he misses games through injury or suspension he still would stand the favourite.

AFL Rising Star - Josh Caddy

After enduring a rocky first season where he had a few injury setbacks, Caddy impressed in his debut last season and with another pre-season under his belt, good performances in the NAB Cup, he would be my favourite to take out the award.

Stephen Coniglio, Kane Lucas, John Butcher, Dom Tyson and Dylan Shiel look to be some of his biggest threats.

If I wasn't very complimentary to your team in the ladder positions or didn't select your favourite player to win any awards, don't be concerned, my predictions are typically some way off - this is my 2011 effort for reference:

2011 AFL Season Predictions

Enjoy the football season and good luck to your team!


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    • rcrm89 profile image

      rcrm89 6 years ago

      Thanks for your comment, Michael.

      It's always tempting to read into pre-season form, but I don't find it particularly reliable - obviously teams aren't playing at full strength and many players are still 'blowing out the cobwebs.'

      I wouldn't be surprised if Adelaide made the top 8, but I find it hard to see Carlton struggling...they are a quality team as they showed last year with further improvement expected to come.

      All the best.

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      Michael Kromwyk 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Based on the pre-season form Adelaide will be in the top 8, I think that Port, Melbourne & GWS may suprise as well. I think that Carlton might struggle a bit. But the Hawks could well have a very good year.

      Interesting choice in Pendlebury for the Brownlow, Collingwood will need a good year.

      Cheers Michael